Help Your Friend Beat The January Blues
While we joke about the post-Christmas lull or the New Year blues, for some people these are very real and significant feelings that can lead to depression and anxiety. While we bask in the fun, laughter and joy of the festive season, we forget that for some, the crashing low of having those vibes cease in January can be too much to bear. If you think you might have a friend or family member who is suffering at the beginning of 2018, read on to find out how you can help guide them through this testing time.
Getting To The Root of The Issues
Helping your friend to get to the crux of their problems is not a job that you can do easily without the aid of a professional. However, even after all of the encouragement, support and help you can give, it is up to your pal to decide to ask for help. The individual suffering from anxiety or depression needs to realize themselves that they have a problem. You need to be patient and wait for them to pick up the phone and make that all-important first appointment with their doctor. Until then, you need to be there, listen when they want to vent and let them know that you won’t desert them in their time of need.
There is often an underlying reason why people suffer from depression or anxiety. It could be because of a traumatic event in their past, a feeling they’ve had since childhood or the stresses of everyday work life. When they find the root cause of their issue, you can be there to support them in trying to overcome it.
Alongside depression often comes other facets that accentuate the issue. Depression and anxiety can cause feelings of self-loathing and intrusive thoughts. To try and block out these negative emotions, people may use alcohol or drugs as a crutch and as a way to forget. Again, it’s vital that your friend eventually recognizes that their addiction isn’t normal or healthy and they require help. When they enter a detox program, you can be present and support them through their inevitable roller coaster journey. Craving quelling medication like Vivitrol can ease the symptoms of withdrawal. However you may be concerned of your friend taking another drug when they are trying to get clean. So what happens, should you take opiates while on Vivitrol? Your friend won’t even feel the urge due to the antagonistic effect of the medication.
Alongside a potential detox, seeking medical help and having you as a listening ear, your friend might appreciate a third party to talk to. This objective viewpoint can help them reveal more personal feelings and emotions that they wouldn’t usually even to their best friend. Don’t take this as an insult or be offended; it’s simply sometimes easier to talk openly to a stranger.
While the January blues are common, it is the depression that this can lead to which is more unusual. If you have a friend who is suffering or tends to feel low at this time of year, heed this advice and try to guide them to a more positive frame of mind in 2018.
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